Jason Bay of GenY Success is a top performer, marketing/business consultant, he’s interviewed 73+ uber successful entrepreneurs in various industries on his podcast and is an all around ninja-bad-ass.
He and I connected and talked about what’s driving successful people today (Hint: It’s different than previous generations).
Just and FYI: I took your struggles, suggestions and comments and formed the interview based on those. So if you’ve asked me a question before, you’ll probably find the answer here.
In this interview, we talk about:
- Habits, Routines and Productivity: Morning routines of world class performers, productivity hacks, and maintaining high energy levels despite working such long hours.
- Marketing, Influence, Mindset and Dealing With People: How to find your mentor over a glass of beer, the single most important aspect of branding, and the secrets of massive self belief.
- Resources, books and tools: His most suggested book (hint: it’s on my book list), why Ramit Sethi is one person you should be following and the best course in the world about starting your own business from scratch.
The other day, I was asked a question by a reader and friend.
She asked: “It’s hard for me to stay motivated and consistently make progress towards my goals. How do I get motivated and stay motivated?“
It’s a good question, because when we are motivated, we stay consistent and we make progress. We’ll stay up late, read all the books, put in the extra work, develop the skills, create the habits and do all the little things necessary to realize our goal.
It’s that simple.
This got me thinking about the times where I was driven like an obsessive maniac to accomplish a goal, and the times I was unmotivated and failed.
After searching through my stories, and re-reading the lessons of great leaders and peak performers, I noticed that there are 4 fundamentals to getting motivated and staying motivated.
When we understand and implement these fundamentals we create unstoppable motivation and achieve our goal.
Admit it! You want to quit your job and become the next Steve Jobs.
You’ve imagined slamming down your resignation letter on your boss’s desk, running over to Apple headquarters, slipping on a black turtleneck and pulling the next “i” product out of your pocket to a crowd of screaming Apple fans!
Or… maybe you haven’t.
The point is, I talk with dozens of people each week who tell me their dreams. They want to build their own business, travel the world, start a revolution, create the next wave of consumer technology or cure degenerative diseases. “The Dream” of just climbing the corporate ladder, getting intoxicated on the weekends and retiring at 65 is dead. We don’t want that anymore.
We feel like we’re destined for something bigger and we are driven by something else. Our peers think were crazy and we feel awkward talking about our dreams to “normal people”.
Other generations really don’t get it — they are completely driven by top line sales revenue, business growth and personal financial gain…
WE ARE DRIVEN BY PURPOSE.
This post is going to be very different than anything else I’ve put out.
It’s going to challenge you, push you, make you uncomfortable and hopefully inspire you. It starts with a story about dealing with success barriers and follows with 5 crazy things I did to overcome my fear of rejection.
Some of them are obvious, others are downright silly and they all can help you (if you actually do them).
My hope is that you can learn from my experience and complete at least one of the five challenges. If you do, I’d love to hear about your experience. You can either post in the comments section or send me a email.
Look at Kobe, Oprah, Musk, Schwarzenegger, Gates, Buffet and Mother Theresa – they don’t try to be someone else. They understand where they have talent and where they are weak. They know exactly who they are.
Kobe isn’t a governor, Oprah and Musk don’t play professional basketball, Schwarzenegger isn’t a speech therapist, Gates and Buffet aren’t bodybuilders, and Mother Theresa didn’t start an electric car company. They play to their strengths and use their talents to create world class results.
If you want to replicate their success, you must know yourself. This article discusses 5 different strategies to know exactly who YOU are and grow the leader within you.
We couldn’t focus.
We couldn’t get things done.
We were tired.
Our minds were always racing.
We couldn’t sleep.
We kept making mistakes.
And our To-Do lists kept growing and growing and growing.
We tried to fix it…. by adding more to our to-do’s and doing more things at the same time. This only made it worse.
To make matters more confusing we blamed it on gluten, high fructose corn syrup, vaccines, mercury in our fish, fracking, and the depleting ozone layer. Mass media fed on our fears and convinced us that the problem was everywhere and there was nothing we could do. All of this noise confused us and led us away from the root cause of the problem.
It was right under our nose the whole time. You’re probably holding it in your hand.
Many books are written and released each year. Most of them are bad, some of them are good, a few are great, and the top .001% are exceptional.
It’s rare that an author is a great writer AND has deep domain expertise. This is a list of books by authors who are both.
Who’s this book list for? The creative/visionary/big picture thinker who wants to awaken their inner genius.
It’s a jungle out there.
We live in a soup of marketing messages, advertisements, and media channels that are constantly pull at our attention and awareness. Because we get so distracted, we give into the resistance and we stop doing work that matters. This is so bad, that many early entrepreneurs spend all day dreaming about success without making any real progress.
It’s a very narrow road to success and most of us don’t stay on the path.
To get ahead in this world, you need to be doing things differently than everyone else. You can’t be the person who spends 6+ hours a day watching TV, mindlessly internet surfing, or using your mental RAM to dream about what your “life would be like if you just had _____”.
You need a complete view of your life, a way of measuring the actions you take, how you spend your time, a method that allows you to know what’s working and what isn’t.